hair-splitting


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hair-splitting

[ˈhɛəˌsplɪtɪŋ]
A. ADJnimio; [discussion] → sobre detalles nimios
B. Nsofismas mpl, sofistería f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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Creeds mathematically precise, and hair-splitting niceties of doctrine, are absolutely necessary for the salvation of some kinds of souls, but surely the charity, the purity, the unselfishness that are in the hearts of men like these would save their souls though they were bankrupt in the true religion--which is ours.
Besides, the missionary's hair-splitting objection had offended him; and, to prove that he was a free agent and a man of honor, he had swung his huge war club over Starhurst's head.
All these might sound like legalistic hair-splitting. But the argument over definitions is important.
Some people may regard the Trinity as a theological hair-splitting medieval dogma of no relevance to the ordinary Christian of today.
Within seconds of her hair-splitting, Gutierrez apparently decided that he had heard enough.
In a series of tweets, the Finance Minister said: "Falsehood is not a substitute for Rahul Gandhi's failed politics." "Realising that the Modi government bought the Rafale at a price cheaper than what UPA was negotiating the disrupters are now reporting to petty hair-splitting," he further tweeted.
'Until the proposed minimum wage has gone through the whole gamut of law-making, President Buhari, who is a stickler for due process, will not be caught in this unnecessary web of controversy which amounts to putting the cart before the horse and hair-splitting,' Adesina said.
Verdict: Unproven, which means that "the evidence available is insufficient to support or refute the claim." Stay with me because this combines hair-splitting and misdirection culminating in bald-faced absurdity.
Efforts to quiet the press are clothed in hair-splitting legalities, a smoke screen on this underhanded attack on the free press conceivably to temper public outcry,' it said.